Call for Costa Rica to Ban the Involvement of Religious Groups in Politics

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    Costa Rica News – A motion was filed filed before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to prohibit the participation of two parties evangelicals in politics, because, in their view, which goes against the Constitution.

    The lawyer is Marco Castillo, an activist in favor of equal rights for the gay community, who told local media that the country has explicit prohibition for religious groups to participate in politics.

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    Article 28 of the Costa Rican Constitution states that “you can not make political propaganda in any way by clergy or lay on grounds of religion or using as a means of religious beliefs.”

    Covered in this article, Castillo has asked the TSE to set aside the registration of parties Costa Rican Renovation (PRC) and National Restoration (RN), you have at this time, each with a deputy in Congress.

    “Both parties have violated the Constitution because they have used the religious beliefs of the people to adhere to a specific policy proposal,” argued the lawyer.

    The two groups in question have open evangelical ideologies and statutes including cited texts of the Bible.

    For Castillo, the TSE should suspend the registration of both groups and prevent them from participating in elections in February next year.

    According to counsel, the existence of these parties is a “very serious omission TSE”, and if “has been a very misguided tolerance of the authorities.”

    Now, the Electoral Tribunal will have 10 days to decide whether to accept or reject the appeal, so it does not rule Castillo attend the Constitutional Court.

    Both have been opened as enemies of the groups in favor of the homosexual community in Costa Rica and Congress have blocked all efforts to that regard in Costa Rica and recognizes civil rights to same-sex couples.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
    San Jose Costa Rica

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